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  • Xenophon's Cyrus the Greatby Larry Hedrick; Xenophon

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 17.99

    Twenty-five hundred years ago Cyrus, a great Persian leader of wisdom and virtue, created the Persian Empire, conquered Babylon, freed forty thousand Jews from captivity, wrote mankind's first human rights charter, and ruled over those he had defeated with respect and benevolence.   The Iranians came to regard Cyrus as "The Father," the Babylonians... more...

  • Israel since 1980by Guy Ben-Porat; Yagil Levy; Shlomo Mizrahi; Arye Naor; Erez Tzfadia

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 22.00

    In this 2008 book, five Israeli academics probe the changing nature of Israeli society over the last twenty-five years. more...

  • Start-up Nationby Dan Senor; Saul Singer

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel-- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK? ... more...

  • The Impossible Stateby Wael B. Hallaq

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Wael B. Hallaq boldly argues that the ?Islamic state,? judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both an impossible and inherently self-contradictory concept. Comparing the legal, political, moral, and constitutional histories of pre-modern Islam and Euro-America, he finds the adoption and practice of the modern state... more...

  • Lawrence in Arabiaby Scott Anderson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.95

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY New York Times ? Christian Science Monitor ? NPR ? Seattle Times ? St. Louis Dispatch National Book Critics Circle Finalist -- American Library Association Notable Book A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history ? the Arab Revolt... more...

  • The Origins of the Libyan Nationby Anna Baldinetti

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Libya is a typical example of a colonial or external creation. This book addresses the emergence and construction of nation and nationalism, particularly among Libyan exiles in the Mediterranean region. It charts the rise of nationalism from the colonial era and shows how it developed through an external Libyan diaspora and the influence of Arab nationalism.... more...

  • Fiascoby Thomas E. Ricks

    Penguin Group US 2006; US$ 16.00

    Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize One of the Washington Post Book World 's 10 Best Books of the Year One of Time 's 10 Best Books of the Year USA Today 's Nonfiction Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq Fiasco is a masterful reckoning with... more...

  • The Crusadesby Thomas Asbridge

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 14.99

    The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge?a renowned historian who writes with ?maximum vividness? (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker )?covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods... more...

  • Crime and Punishment in Islamic Lawby Rudolph Peters

    Cambridge University Press 2006; US$ 28.00

    This book, first published in 2006, is an account of the theory and practice of Islamic criminal law. more...

  • The Oil Kingsby Andrew Scott Cooper

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 18.00

    struggling with a recession . . . European nations at risk of defaulting on their loans . . . A possible global financial crisis. It happened before, in the 1970s . Oil Kings is the story of how oil came to dominate U.S. domestic and international affairs. As Richard Nixon fought off Watergate inquiries in 1973, the U.S. economy reacted to... more...